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WHAT’S IN YOUR DRAWERS?
By: Lois Jones
The topic came up on Friday morning as the girls and I were getting ready to hit the “send” button to send our latest edition to the press. Erin and Trudy, who design and layout the paper each week, are my Friday morning smile. We always seem to find something to giggle about. Whether it be a funny email I may send, or a fun story we share, there is always a giggle to be had on Friday mornings.
This week, we were chatting about my first born leaving the nest. Not totally sure how 24 years just flew by before my very eyes, but they did. And they do, by the way. There’s so many emotions of anxiety and pride that kind of knocks a momma back on her heels. The good news for me is there is no washer and dryer where he’s moving, so I still have a purpose. Young moms, if you are reading this, you may think I’m crazy, but one day, as they flee the coop, doing their laundry isn’t such a bad gig. I haven’t exactly done his laundry for the last 10 years while he’s been under our roof, but, hey, if it means he’s stopping by, having dinner, and catching up with me, I’ll gladly make sure he’s got clean drawers.
As Erin, Trudy, and I, chatted about leaving home, Trudy sparked the Friday morning giggle. She said she remembers calling home and asking her Mom, “What all is in your drawer?” It’s true, we all concurred. As you set out on your own, you don’t have “The Drawer”. Scotch tape, staples, scissors, string, bottle opener, batteries, take out menus, measuring tape, twist ties, zip ties, glue, and an extension cord. You never know when you might need: a marble, furniture pads, a sewing kit, chip clip, paper clips, mints from a restaurant, tacks, or lint roller. It seems no matter who you are, where you come from, or where you are heading, it’s imperative you have “The Drawer”. You might not always need the elastic bands, screwdriver, shoe shiner, hammer, spare sunglasses, hand cream, sticky notes, dice, wind up teeth, magnifying glass, pencil, wine cork, notebook, hole punch, pencil sharpener, flashlight, birthday candles, spare keys to only God knows what, stamps, exacto knife, city map, playing cards, and a BBQ lighter, but when you do... it’s the good ol’ junk drawer that never lets us down. As a matter of fact, just the other day I was looking for a screw. Oh, I checked the tool box, the tin that has all the spare nails and screws, but alas! It was the “Junk Drawer” that came through for me in the end. I looked high and low the other day for that adapter thingy for the USB drive thingy, and I would have assumed it would be in the “tech drawer”. NOPE, it was the ever faithful “Junk Drawer” that never disappoints. It’s similar to Narnia, but just fun to go through and organize again and again and again. Never throwing anything out, of course, because one day I might need that item. Just the sheer joy of pilfering through those drawers is fun. I wind up the teeth, set them loose, and put them back in ‘til next time. I grab the stress ball, give it a few squeezes, while looking for a push tack (I have got to get a pill bottle for tacks), then I throw the stress ball back in the drawer until next time.
So, to answer the many that have asked, what are you getting Stephen (The Boy) as he sets out on this “adulting” journey? I say I get him JUNK. The last thing I want is my son calling me from his new pad asking me, “Mom, what’s in your drawers?”